2014-09-24 07:09

This article “When is the right time to disclose your chronic ailment in a marriage relationship, before or after the marriage vows are taken?” started out incidentally from a conversation, like many other such engaging questions.

Unfortunately stigma is attached to illness and this leads to marginalisation, therefore many individuals and families keep the illness hidden. People need to realise that illness comes from Almighty God and it is one among the many tests from Him. So why do we ostracise individuals living with an illness or disability.

I am of the firm opinion that it is important before the vows are taken to disclose your health status, whether or not you have had surgery, or have a chronic illness. These conditions may impact negatively on your health for example, your reproductive system. Thus it is imperative that your significant other is in the know from the onset of the relationship.

While some will say it aloud, there are those who will knowingly choose to keep it a secret. This is unethical and deceptive. Regardless of whether the underlying issue is a chronic problem or a minor insignificant health issue, the information must be diligently relayed. This information will help in fostering a trusting relationship.

It is a moral and human imperative that partners be honest and disclose important information like medical conditions before marriage vows are taken.

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